As 2013 comes to a close, IT professionals in software development, cloud, mobile, Internet of Things and Big Data not only found their occupations in high demand but also face projections of continued interest from hiring managers and recruiters going in to the new year and all the way to 2018, say industry recruiters and analysts.
Software developers, which includes such roles as Web developers, software quality assurance engineers, and computer systems analysts, took the No. 1 spot on a Wanted Analytics survey for the top tech job this year, as well as Forbes’ Top 10 Jobs for 2013.
Driving software developers to the top spot was the frequency of job postings for this position, according to both reports. Forbes, which included software apps developers and system software developers, cited a 7 percent growth in job postings to 70,872 this year from 2010 levels.
Cloud administrators also ranked among the top tech jobs in 2013, as demand for managing public, private and hybrid clouds heated up. Cloud services for all three flavors of the cloud are expected to grow to $242 billion in 2020 from $40.7 billion in 2011, according to Forrester. This position was not only a top job in 2013, but it’s expected to stay on the upward trajectory through 2018 and beyond.
Cloud enterprise architect is another 2013 tech job that is expected to remain in demand in the new year and through the decade. The popularity of this job is fueled by employers seeking to build their own private clouds and companies looking to offer cloud services to outside customers.
Database developers and administrators also ranked on the top 5 list, David Foote, CEO of Foote Partners, told Dice News. He cited the 3.5 percent rise of this position over the past year in his IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index. Database administrators were also among the Top 5 positions last year in a CNN Money survey, which projected a 30.6 percent growth over the next 10 years due to the explosion in data that companies have to consume.
Mobile app developers, while technically part of the broader software developer category, have such a high demand among employers that they are worthy of breaking out as a separate occupation. They were a highly sought group in 2013 and will remain one next year and beyond, say executive recruiters. With companies eager to provide a mobile version of their offerings in either an iOS or Android version – or more likely both – it’s understandable why mobile developers were among the top 5 tech jobs in 2013.